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Rainmaker
1,231,002
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

1. Blog

2. Relationships

3. Referrals

100. Points

Jun 11, 2016 12:15 AM
Ambassador
5,409,570
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Just like Michael Jacobs , this is a new question for me.

Will ponder this one for a while and get back to you.

Jun 11, 2016 01:45 AM
Ambassador
1,377,355
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Points are meaningless unless you're striving towards a free membership or if they're helping you to achieve a set goal.

Jun 11, 2016 12:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,639,886
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Still would be directly associated as a result of the people relationships developed here.

Jun 11, 2016 12:11 AM
Ambassador
1,821,266
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I would still be just as active as I am now... (I know, I know... easy to say with the amount of points I have now)...

but without the points, I'm not sure I would have gotten this far.  I readily admit that I'm a type-A competitive guy... and it's the points that "trained" me into my bloggin habit.

Jun 11, 2016 12:34 AM
Ambassador
3,056,526
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The points have mattered to me. However, these days ... less and less so. My reasons for being here are shifting ... changing ... as I focus my time and energy on other aspects of my business. That said, I am already being less active and the points are not a determining factor.

Jun 11, 2016 12:20 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,984
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I find the Q&A to be a fascinating new feature - a great place to ask and get immediate answers - so I would be Active in the Q&A - even though asking a question is a mere 10 points per day.

I would continue with blog posts - especially since we have a listing as a result of a Seller finding us in the 'Rain.

The other aspects that garner points - I'm not so sure about.

The relationships, as Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI mentioned - are priceless!

Jun 11, 2016 12:12 AM
Rainmaker
532,994
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i think relatively the same.  certainly not more active, but not sure i would be less active.   I am sure the points system will be gone before the year is over

Jun 12, 2016 07:41 AM
Rainmaker
6,607,678
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would like to see some changes in the points system.

Jun 11, 2016 10:34 PM
Ambassador
2,961,038
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

My habits here are established and stopped being dependent on points to drive me.  I'm here for the business, the friendships and the learning. 

Jun 11, 2016 10:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,387,323
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd be less active, targetting quality over quantity and not worrying about getting my daily dose.

Jun 11, 2016 11:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on my objectives at that time.

Jun 11, 2016 08:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,599
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto under most comments +++It's fun here in the Rain

Jun 11, 2016 01:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,723,105
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I'd be the same as I get more benefit from others stories/learning, etc.

Jun 11, 2016 01:23 AM
Ambassador
4,864,504
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I've mentioned this before but when I started here in '08, I had no idea points were involved until after I was here for 4 or 5 months.  If you are seeking a free membership, then heck yes, points do matter.  However, I would still be here because of what I learn and the people who are here. 

There has to be some fun in whatever I do...and I find that here. So bring on the jokes and funny stuff too!

Jun 11, 2016 01:23 AM
Rainmaker
4,210,549
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I would still participate!

Jun 11, 2016 12:42 AM
Rainmaker
4,189,787
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor!!

Jun 11, 2016 12:29 AM
Rainmaker
4,099,880
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hmm - I don't think I have ever heard this question or read about this topic.  I guess I will be parked and reading.  

Jun 11, 2016 12:22 AM
Rainmaker
795,932
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Points or pointless, ActiveRain works and I have old blog posts that still garner me phone calls, emails and contacts. Google over the years has been our partner in making sure our blogs reach the top of their ladder and there isn't a better way to market than posting quality content. Getting points for the "game" of ActiveRain leaderboard is just good ole fashioned competition. That being said, for me the Q&A is FUN. It allows us to ask/answer a quick question, answer and learn from others. I believe it often reveals our personality more than commenting on blog posts, and add to that some funny pictures, we have an opportunity to be entertained here!

Jun 11, 2016 12:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,280,448
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I don't think I would be active. It keeps me motivated.

Oct 08, 2016 06:03 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,350
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Probably as active as "My Space" is now.

Jun 13, 2016 01:38 PM
Ambassador
1,705,822
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I actually wish the points would go away. I think we'd see more people who take blogging seriously to increase their business. All those here posting, re-blogging, asking questions, etc. to earn points would disappear creating a site that is heavy on content. That content helps AR posts rank highly in the search engines. I'm not here for the points. I'm here for the business. The removal of points wouldn't impact my participation at all.

Jun 12, 2016 08:08 AM
Rainmaker
4,014,174
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Still into points, it is the carrot in the game.

Jun 12, 2016 01:05 AM
Rainmaker
919,773
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

LOL and the "not in it for points" statments marches on

Jun 11, 2016 10:15 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,703
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

There would be fewer posts and comments.

Jun 11, 2016 09:52 PM
Ambassador
3,039,230
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

about the same I suppose with the exception I do contests from time to time

Jun 11, 2016 03:01 PM
Rainmaker
1,991,358
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

probably not as active as I am now 

Jun 11, 2016 01:03 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,875
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't think I would have been so devoted to start with, but now i would still be here

Jun 11, 2016 11:52 AM
Ambassador
1,616,354
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Well, all I have to say is that I back in the Rain so it worked in the past for me and it will work now and beyond.

Jun 11, 2016 11:16 AM
Rainmaker
2,641,802
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Still got to get my goodies on the Internet and into cyberspace

Jun 11, 2016 10:44 AM
Rainmaker
1,459,627
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers I'm having too much fun here to leave. I'm sure in the long run it would affect membership.

Jun 11, 2016 05:43 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,501
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If Active Rain was pointless, I probably wouldn't be here.  Now, it they stopped awarding points, I would most likely be less active.

Jun 11, 2016 05:08 AM
Ambassador
1,771,430
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I just want customers to read my market reports and call me up.

Jun 11, 2016 05:06 AM
Ambassador
3,986,710
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would still post as that is bringing in business and making my phone ring. When I retire I will have to decide how often I will pop in. Who knows it might be more because I will have more time. 

Jun 11, 2016 04:04 AM
Rainmaker
292,535
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Only if you lived in the pointless forest ...

Jun 11, 2016 03:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,385,224
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I'd probably be more active, to be honest.  As #1 in my area, and with a free membership, I have no need for additional points.

The point grubbing questions and blogs and comments bother me so much that I need to take a break every now and then to remind myself of why I do this.  Then I can re-connect and tune out those point grubbers, at least for a while.

Jun 11, 2016 03:10 AM
Rainmaker
821,972
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Pretty much the same; might focus more on blogs.

Jun 11, 2016 02:48 AM
Ambassador
2,570,942
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     A relevant question, since Bob Stewart has alluded several times to a complete revamp of the AR platform, a cleanup of the referral page, an assessment of the Ambassadors roster, etc.

   I would still be here for the blogging and the Q and A. 

   Contests would probably fade away - "everybody wins a trophy" is not that motivating.

Jun 11, 2016 02:20 AM
Rainmaker
290,569
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I would still be active even if there were no points, though I do enjoy seeing my points grow!  Points to me are not the only benefit, but one of many.  It is not real 'work' to be part of AR and in the AR Family, though it does involve 'effort' and 'time'.  Totally worth it to me Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers

Jun 11, 2016 02:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,736,653
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It would depend on who else would consider it pointless without points.  If there were a mass exodus then the professional networking opportunity would change. For me that is a big part of my purpose here.  

Jun 11, 2016 01:59 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,923
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'd be as active as I am now.... 

Jun 11, 2016 01:41 AM
Rainmaker
3,616,999
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Still would be active just not as much

Jun 11, 2016 12:19 AM